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New Microscope Reveals Ultrastructure of Cells

fjanss Re:Old technique (58 comments)

X-ray_microtomography is not new. What is new is :

"using partially coherent object illumination instead of previously used quasi-incoherent illumination"

which led to :

"We obtained three-dimensional reconstructions of mouse adenocarcinoma cells at ~36-nm (Rayleigh) and ~70-nm (Fourier ring correlation) resolution, which allowed us to visualize the double nuclear membrane, nuclear pores, nuclear membrane channels, mitochondrial cristae and lysosomal inclusions."

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar

fjanss Not so Comprehensive rebuttal (635 comments)

The rebuttal says nothing about the subsidies needed, and requested by the nuclear industry, to make nuclear energy "competitive".

The conclusion of the New York Times article is :

“The frantic effort of the nuclear industry to increase federal loan guarantees and secure ratepayer funding of construction work in progress from state legislatures is an admission that the technology is so totally uneconomic that the industry will forever be a ward of state, resulting in a uniquely American form of nuclear socialism.”

(Solar also needs subsidy at the moment, but less as time goes by)

about 4 years ago
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Intel's 50Gbps Light Peak Successor

fjanss Re:Why optical? (122 comments)

USB and HDMI cables have to be really short anyway, isn't optical overkill?

It is a replacement that, because it is optical, does not need to be limited by "really short cables". If the technology is cheap enough, I would love to have webcams at 100m distance instead of expensive ethernet cameras (as an example).

about 4 years ago
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The End of Free

fjanss Re:I Disagree with Some Parts of This Article (348 comments)

The article is largely based on the analogy :

"In a smart essay in the journal Fast Capitalism in 2005, Jack Shuler shows how similar the rhetoric of the 1990s digital frontier was to that of the 19th-century frontier era."

That may be true. But there is an important difference the article does not see. The 19th-century frontier may have "seemed" infinite, but the information space (or noosphere) is for all practical purposes infinite.

What many corporations try to do is block the access to that infinite space, and make us forget that it exists. And make us pay to access their walled-in spaces.

They might still succeed, but only through "legal" trickery, not because of any natural limitation, such as the large but finite area or the "west".

more than 4 years ago
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Locked in with cloud computing

fjanss Threat is not to the open-source philosophy (1 comments)

The threat The Economist warns about is not to the open-source philosophy, but to "companies and consumers [that] could get locked into a cloud even more tightly than into a piece of software".

...

"This sort of problem has spawned an open-data movement. In March a group of technology firms led by IBM published an âoeOpen Cloud Manifestoâ that has since received the support of more than 150 companies and organisations. It is only a beginning, but perhaps this time around the industry will not have to go through a long proprietary period before rediscovering the virtues of openness."

The article Open-source software in the recession : Born free also expands on "open source's growing popularity". It mentions the trend "to sell proprietary extensions to an open-source core."

more than 5 years ago
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Privacy In the Age of Persistence

fjanss Re:Schnier vs Brin? (120 comments)

Yes, that whould be an interesting debate.

Is the information quantity the problem? Or is it the imbalance between those who have access to it and those who do not?

more than 5 years ago
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A Brief History of Chip Hype and Flops

fjanss Re:Successful chips killed by process... (275 comments)

> then they ran out of steam (don't know why)

"The Alpha architecture was sold, along with most parts of DEC, to Compaq in 1998. Compaq, already an Intel customer, decided to phase out Alpha in favor of the forthcoming Intel IA-64 "Itanium" architecture, and sold all Alpha intellectual property to Intel in 2001, effectively "killing" the product."

from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEC_Alpha

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Finally Bows to EU Antitrust Measures

fjanss Re:2 questions (365 comments)

The text published by the European Commission

Wherein :

"First, 'open source' software developers will be able to access and use the interoperability information."

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"The agreements will be enforceable before the High Court in London, and will provide for effective remedies, including damages, for third party developers in the event that Microsoft breaches those agreements. Effective private enforcement will therefore complement the Commission's public enforcement powers."

more than 6 years ago

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Kenya referendum monitored by SMS and Twitter

fjanss fjanss writes  |  about 4 years ago

fjanss (897687) writes "An article of the Christian Science Monitor reports on the use of the Uchaguzi platform to monitor the Kenya referendum.

The Uchaguzi platform – the word means "election" in Kiswahili – grew out of earlier software developed during the violence that rocked Kenya after the 2007 presidential election.

It sets up a special SMS shortcode, Twitter hashtag (#uchaguzi for Kenya’s referendum) or e-mail address, publicizes it, and encourage ordinary people to send reports.

In case of irregularities the central office alerts the local electoral officials to investigate.

The scheme’s developers plan to introduce similar platforms to other East African countries that have elections looming in coming months, including Tanzania and Uganda."

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Microsoft agrees over interoperability with Europe

fjanss fjanss writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fjanss writes "Microsoft has finally agreed to three substantial changes to bring them into compliance with the decision. First, 'open source' software developers will be able to access and use the interoperability information. Second, the royalties payable for this information will be reduced to a nominal one-off payment of 10 000. Third, the royalties for a worldwide licence including patents will be reduced from 5.95% to 0.4% — less than 7% of the royalty originally claimed. In these agreements between third party developers and Microsoft, Microsoft will guarantee the completeness and accuracy of the information provided. The agreements will be enforceable before the High Court in London, and will provide for effective remedies, including damages, for third party developers in the event that Microsoft breaches those agreements. Effective private enforcement will therefore complement the Commission's public enforcement powers."
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